Behind the Wheel in Arizona
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Arizona Behind-the-Wheel Training
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license, you'll need to complete either driver's training as part of a Driver's Ed course OR supervised driving practice with a licensed adult. This is a requirement of the graduated driver's license (GDL) program administered by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).
Supervised driving with a licensed adult or a certified driving instructor will help you develop safe driving habits and build the experience necessary to ace your driving test.
On this page you'll find information about the Arizona MVD behind-the-wheel requirements and the next steps to take to get your unrestricted driver's license.
If you are younger than 18 years old, you'll need to satisfy the requirements of the AZ GDL program, which includes completing either:
- An approved Arizona driver's training/Driver's Ed program.
- At least 30 hours of supervised driving practice.
You can begin your behind-the-wheel driving practice when you are at least 15 years and 6 months old by applying for your learner's permit.
For more information, please visit our Driver’s Permits in Arizona page.
Professional Arizona driver's training is a component of driver's education courses and is provided by:
- High school programs.
- Professional driving schools.
Driver's Ed courses consist of both classroom and in-car training sessions and includes at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel practice.
Generally, you will complete your behind-the-wheel practice with your driving instructor after you pass the classroom component of the course.
After you complete both sections of your Driver's Ed/driver's training program, you will receive a completion certificate.
Behind-the-wheel driver's training with a driving instructor will allow you to directly apply your classroom lessons to your in-car practice.
For more information, please visit our Driver’s Ed in Arizona pages.
NOTE: Completing an approved driver's education program may waive your Arizona MVD driving test.
Supervised driving practice in Arizona is required if you're a teenager and you do not complete a driver's education program.
With your learner's permit, you can practice driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
Before advancing from your learner's permit, you'll need to complete at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice with at least 10 hours completed at night.
Once your supervised driving practice is done, your parent/legal guardian will need to sign a Supervised Driving Practice Certificate (Form 96-0223).
Your behind-the-wheel practice with your parent will help you develop the driving skills and confidence necessary to pass your Arizona Motor Vehicle Division driving test and start driving by yourself.
You'll be eligible to take your AZ DMV driving test and get your graduated driver's license after you:
- Turn 16 years old.
- Hold your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
- Complete your supervised driving practice OR driver's training.
For more information on any additional documents and requirements to get your first full driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Arizona page.
Certification of driving practice required to apply for a graduated driver license and/or a motorcycle endorsement for a teen driver.